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  1. Friday 12 May 2017

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After a few days of sunny we were back to a cloudier day today. BBC Look North reporter Adrian Pitches tweeted this atmospheric photo from Tynemouth

Tynemouth beach

Armed robbery in Washington

Shop staff in Washington were shaken after a man threatened a member of staff with a knife. 

The robbery took place at 07:25 at a convenience store in The Drive in Usworth. 

A small amount of cash was stolen however no-one was injured during the incident. 

The offender is described as a white male, aged in his 20s, wearing a black 'hoody' and dark bottoms.

Patient told to wait for a reboot

Carl Buckley from South Shields, tells us how he was affected by the cyber attack which has hit NHS Services.

“I went to my GP's this afternoon to collect a repeat prescription.

“While I was there I asked about the results of an X-ray I was also waiting on.

”The receptionist started to look on the computer and after a few minutes of her trying to find the details told me the system wasn’t working.

“She asked me to wait while they rebooted it.

“Twenty minutes later they told me it wasn’t working and suggested the computers were down across the NHS

“I told them I had read about the cyber attack.

“Patients were arriving at the surgery and the automated appointments system wasn’t working either so it was quite chaotic”

Relegated Sunderland and Middlesbrough play at the weekend

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Both Sunderland and Middlesbrough will be looking to put their relegation woes behind them as they prepare for games on Saturday. 

Whilst the Black Cats may already have had their relegation confirmed their rivals, Swansea, will want to win as they are currently one point above the relegation zone. Sunderland midfielder George Honeyman injured his back in training and so will not be playing. 

Sunderland have only claimed one home win against Swansea in the last 53 years - that was a 2-0 victory at the Stadium of Light in a Premier League match in January 2012.

Middlesbrough are playing Southampton at the Riverside on Saturday. Head coach Steve Agnew is again likely to be without Daniel Ayala, Gaston Ramirez and Victor Valdes because of injury.  Agnew is wanting fans to focus on the club rather than his role as manager:

He said: "But it's not about my future, it's not about my situation, it's about Middlesbrough Football Club."

Boro haven't kept a clean sheet against Southampton at the Riverside in seven league meetings since March 1999.

Doctors say they cannot book appointments or order prescriptions

Northumbria NHS Trust is among the services across England hit by IT failure, caused by a large-scale cyber-attack. 

The trust runs sevices in North Tyneside and Northumberland.

One surgery in North Shields said they were still seeing patients but couldn't book appointments or order prescriptions.

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And BBC Look North health reporter Sharon Barbour says one Newcastle GP has told her all computer systems are shut down until Monday 

General Election: Where are the tightest battles in the North East & Cumbria

BBC Look North Political editor Richard Moss gives his take on where the tightest battles are likely to be in the North East and Cumbria.

North East battlegrounds to be tightly contested
Jermain Defoe

Sunderland boss David Moyes says it is "hard to take" that Jermain Defoe has a clause that will allow the striker to leave for free.

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NHS Digital believe malware behind attack

NHS Digital has released a full statement in response to the cyber attack that is affecting NHS organisations around the country. 

They are currently investigating the attack but believe the malware variant is called 'Wanna Decryptor' 

At this stage they don't believe patient data has been accessed.

This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors. Our focus is on supporting organisations to manage the incident swiftly and decisively, but we will continue to communicate with NHS colleagues and will share more information as it becomes available.

NHS DigitalNHS Digital body

Northumbria NHS Trust has confirmed that it has been affected.  

Northumbria NHS Trust affected by 'cyber attack'

Northumbria NHS Trust confirmed has been affected by an IT failure, believed to be caused by a national cyber attack.

Trusts and hospitals around the country have been affected.

 NHS England says they are aware of the issue and are looking into it. 

Your photos: Sunrise over Roker

Will you wake up early this weekend? 

If so, maybe you will be able to capture the sun rising over the North East, Kevin Wilson managed to snap this picture of dawn at Roker in Sunderland. 

Sunrise over Roker
Kevin Wilson

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Four-year-old school girl raising money for fire-hit school

Hartlepool Mail


 A determined four-year-old is getting on her bike to raise cash for her Hartlepool school which was severely damaged by a fire.

Poppie- ann and her bike
Hartlepool Mail

Albert Park attack swan swimming in the wild again

BBC Tees

A swan who has been recovering at a North east vets has been released back into the wild today. 

The female swan, found in Albert Park in Middlesbrough, survived an attack that left her mate dead and their eggs smashed. It is thought that metal railings meant to protect the nesting site were thrown at the birds. 

She had been in the care of the RSPCA since the incident and she has now regained enough strength to be rehabilitated.  

It is thought that she has been released into a private lake with plenty of birds for company in the hope that she will find a new partner. 

swan swimming

Money changing scam warning to businesses

Businesses are being warned to be on guard to prevent a type of fraud known as "ringing the changes".  

It comes after two businesses in Corbridge and Hexham were caught out earlier this week. 

The scam involves offenders entering a shop or business and asking for amounts of cash to be changed.

While the staff member begins to count and change the money the offenders then try to distract or confuse them, so more money is handed over than was asked to change.

Theresa May brings Conservative campaign to North East

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

Conservative PM Theresa May is visiting the North East, as part of her pledge to campaign "in all corners" of the UK to reach those who have been "abandoned by Labour".

Theresa May addressing the crowd
Theresa May addressing the crowd

Running towards the weekend

Police dog Lottie is running headfirst towards the weekend. 

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Statue marks WW1 soldier's bravery

A statue has been unveiled in Middlesbrough to honour the centenary of a soldier winning the Victoria Cross.

Pte Tom Dresser won the military accolade for "conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty" during a battle in Northern France.

Despite being shot twice, he transported sack of ammunition to the front line from the Green Howards HQ, crawling the last 50 yards to no man's land.  

Tom Dresser statue
Tom Dresser
Middlesbrough Council

His family raised more than £50,000 to commission the bronze structure, which now stands in the gardens of the Dorman Museum.  

A cloudy lunchtime with a chance of showers

It will become rather cloudy with increasing chance of showery rain developing, this could turn heavy locally. 

The best of any brighter intervals will be inland, as low cloud may be persistent along the coast.  


Sand being moved at South Shields beach

The Shields Gazette

Council chiefs have moved to allay fears that sand is being taken from an award-winning South Shields beach.

The Shields Gazette

University of Sunderland student wins national award

A University of Sunderland journalism student has bagged herself a national award. 

Sophie Dishman was "Highly Commended" in the Best Reporter catagory in the national Student Publications Association awards. 

The 23-year-old edits a news and current affairs website based in Sunderland, and was also shortlisted for Best Reporter and Outstanding Commitment in the SPA awards earlier this year.

She said: "The conference has been an amazing experience and it has definitely kept my passion for journalism alive and given me even more ideas!”

Sophie Dishman with SPA award
University of Sunderland

Anti-knife campaigner urges parents to 'be aware'

Responding to today's news that thousands of weapons have been seized from schools across England and Wales, an anti-knife campaigner has said parents and schools need to be aware of what their children are up to.

Barbara Dunne, from Middlesbrough, helped set up "It's Your Life" after her son Robert was killed by a teenager with a samurai sword in 2003.

Speaking to BBC Tees, she said: "It's up to the parents as well, it's up to the schools to see what's going on, to keep an eye on kids to see if there's any conflict.

"They're obviously taking that weapon into school for some reason or the other."

Barbara Dunne (left)

Barbara Dunne (pictured on the left) presented a petition to Downing Street in 2006, calling for a ban on the sale of dangerous knives on the high street and online.

Hartlepool sea death 'not suspicious'

A body has been recovered from the sea close to Hartlepool. 

Emergency services were called to the South Pier at 06:15, by a member of the public.

Cleveland Police said that the death was not being treated as suspicious.

One-day opportunity to view 'empty' Durham Cathedral nave

If you are out and about in Durham today you may want to pop into the cathedral to take a trip back in time. 

For one day only, visitors have the opportunity to view the nave as it was in medieval times - empty of pews.

All seating was temporarily removed during the recent filming of the latest Avengers movie.

Visitors are allowed to take photographs on payment of a small fee.

Durham Cathedral
Durham Nave
Durham Cathedral

Bluebell blanket at Roseberry Topping

Bluebells are at their peak right now, and Carolyn Farthing sent us this image of a bank of them at the foot of Roseberry Topping.  

Roseberry Topping
Carolyn Farthing

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Bradley Lowery could spend birthday in hospital

Cancer-stricken Bradley Lowery is likely to spend his birthday in hospital, his family has said.

He will be six on Wednesday, but in a posting on social media, his family revealed that the youngster's pain had worsened and that his disease is progressing. 

His mother said: "We should know by Monday if the pain is easing either way what it is. 

"This means Bradley is in hospital for a week and is more than likely spending his birthday in here."

Jermain Defoe and Bradley Lowery
Getty Images

It was also confirmed that Bradley will be attending Sunderland's game on Saturday, with the proceeds of all programmes sold at the match donated to him. 

Bradley suffers from neuroblastoma, a cancer that affects babies and children. 

Cigarette and cash thieves hunted by police

BBC Tees

Police in Hartlepool are investigating two separate burglaries at a Tesco store in which thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes, tobacco and cash were stolen.

The men used pick axes and hammers to force their way into the shops.  

The first break in happened on Monday when men, one carrying a pick axe, smashed a window at Burn Road store and forced open shutters. 

The second happened in the early hours of yesterday when two men smashed the front window of the store with a hammer.

Arrest after woman raped in early hours

A man has been arrested after a woman was raped in the early hours of this morning.

The 24-year-old victim was walking in the street beside Newbolt Court in Felling, when she was approached from behind and attacked.

A short time later, police arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of rape and he is currently detained in custody. 

Officers are in the area carrying out house to house enquiries.

The victim is extremely distressed by what has happened and we are working with her to offer her all the support she needs."

Acting Detective Inspector Keith Jewittfrom Northumbria Police

Police confiscate knives taken into schools

Knives, knuckle dusters, hammers and screwdrivers have been confiscated in North East schools.

The Press Association obtained figures from the Northumbria force which revealed that, between 2015 and this year, there were 58 cases where bladed or offensive weapons were confiscated in schools.

One pupil found with a knife was just five years old, another was eight.

Nationally, more than 2,500 weapons were confiscated in schools in the same period.  


Northumbria Police says it carries out extensive investigations into these types of crimes and seeks to show offenders the full extent of the law.  

Mark Wood

Durham move up to second in the North Group of the One-Day Cup with a four-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire.

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Fairly cloudy and some brightness at times

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be a real mixed bag of weather for today.

Fairly cloudy conditions for the north east with mist and murk along the east coast taking a while to clear, with temperatures reaching 12 - 14C.

Patchy rain will spread into more western areas later.

Abbie Dewhurst and weather map

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